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St Aidan's Uniting Church, Claremont

The first pipe organ built in Western Australia

St Aidan's Claremont

St Aidan's Claremont

Name of institution St Aidan's Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Princess Road
City Claremont
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building St Aidan's Uniting Church
Name of room Church
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Other contact information
Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ None
Detail of previous organ
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organ
Information about comparable instruments to previous organ
Present organ
Type of installation Free standing

This instrument has the distinction of being the first pipe organ built in Western Australia
Case description Case by J E Dodd, 1912.  Original organ had no casework.
Placement in room Left rear of sanctuary
Builder's name Robert Cecil Clifton
Opus number 1
Date of completion/installation 1875 - 1878
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two
Key compasses CC - c
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass CCC - f
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Swell to Great, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal
Console type Attached drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Integral
General design Flat jambs
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 4'

Hohl Flute 8' 8'
Wald Flute 4'
Principal 2'
Quint 1 1/3'
Trumpet 8'

Sub Bass 

Total number of stops 10
Total number of ranks 10
Total number of pipes 534
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Overhauled and installed at present location 1910-1912 by J.E. Dodd, Adelaide. Most of the original Swell pipework was removed and replaced: Viole d'Orchestre, Hohlflute and Labial Oboe.  Dulciana taken from Great and replaced a Piccolo 2' on the Great.
Rebuilt 1975 by F. J. Larner & Co.  The tonal scheme was changed to suit the thinking of the day to include a III rank Mixture on the Great.
Restored 1986-87 by F. J. Larner & Co.  Tonal scheme returned to very nearly the original, however the Swell Trumpet and Quint have remained.
The organ was cleaned and the bellows re-leathered 1999 by F.J. Larner & Co.  Display pipes restencilled by Pipe Organs W.A.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Installed 1879 in St John's Church, Fremantle.  2m., 9 (spare slide), 2c., tr.  Gt:  Sw: 8.8.(both 39 pipes) .8.(12 pipes).4.  Ped: 16.
Installed 1884 St Matthews Anglican Church, Guildford.
Installed 1912 St Aidan's Church, Claremont, by J E Dodd.
Information on current organ This organ was the first instrument to be built by the local organ builder, Robert Cecil Clifton. This instrument after 2 years and 10 months construction, was completed in October 1878.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status The organ is in good condition.
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder R C Clifton built five organs, all in Western Australia.
Photographs Photographs of the organ by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents 
General documents Refer to Gathered Fragments, Leon D. Cohen, 1979, for biographical and other detail of Robert Cecil Clifton.
Supporting information History of the organ from Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd.
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
Information from In The Pipeline October/November 2001.
This entry D B Duncan 13 December 2008.
Additional detail from In The Pipeline October/November 1999.